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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi


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Kampala, Uganda
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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University. She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and lives in Manchester with her husband Damian and son Jordan.

Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Prize in 2013 and was longlisted for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Her story Let's Tell This Story Properly won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In 2018 she was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize in the fiction category. In 2021, her novel The First Woman won the Jhalak Prize.

Makumbi's writing is largely based on oral traditions. She realised that oral traditions were so broad and would be able to frame all her writing regardless of subject, form o
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A Girl Is a Body of Water

4.15 avg rating — 5,301 ratings — published 2020 — 19 editions
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Kintu

4.13 avg rating — 3,312 ratings — published 2014 — 15 editions
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Manchester Happened

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“Remember, be a good person, not a good girl. Good girls suffer a lot in this life.”
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, A Girl Is a Body of Water

“Stories are critical, Kirabo. The minute we fall silent, someone will fill the silence for us.”
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, A Girl Is a Body of Water

“Once we shrunk, men had to look after us, and it was not long before they started to own us. Fathers sold daughters; husbands bought wives. Once we became a commodity, men could do whatever they wished with us. Even now our bodies do not belong to us. That is why when they need it, they will grab it. Things were so bad in some cultures, women had to be hidden away to protect them, in separate spaces where no men were allowed. Soon, they had to be spoken for by men.”
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, The First Woman

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